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What is the best treatment for finger pulp infection?

What is the best treatment for finger pulp infection?

If pus then drain: If it is a cellulitis - the area is red and swollen but there is no collection of pus, then antibiotics alone may work, but if there is a collection of pus - abcess, felon, or paronychia, then surgical drainage is necessary. ...Read more

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Dr. Lynne Weixel
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Infection (Definition)

Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more


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Finger pulp infection. Could I lose the finger?

Yes, if neglected: The infection needs to be treated, surgery to drain the pus, may be required. The infection can spread to the bone or the flexor tendons if left untreated. ...Read more

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I get herpes simplex infection on finger. What is the treatment?

I get herpes simplex infection on finger. What is the treatment?

Anti-herpes drugs: This is often referred to as "herpetic whitlow." it's treated the same way other types of herpes are treated: with acyclovir, famciclovir, or valacyclovir. If you have infrequent outbreaks, you can treat the outbreaks when they happen. If they happen often, you can take a daily dose for prevention. ...Read more

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Recurring staph infections (6 to be exact) in my right middle finger, over the last 5yrs. It goes away with treatment, but always returns. Mrsa?

Is it Staph?: Have you ever been cultured to be sure it is staph? If you had the infection cultured it would been determined whether you had MRSA or not. Given the recurrences and the specificity of the location of the recurrences you may need to get it evaluated that there is not any foci to cause the recurrences as that is not typical. ...Read more

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Fungal finger nail infection. Don't want to take oral fungal med as my liver enzymes are high n i take other meds. Any other treatment methods?

Fungal finger nail infection. Don't want to take oral fungal med as my liver enzymes are high n i take other meds. Any other treatment methods?

Depends: No great treatments. Even the best pill (terbinafine) has about a 76% cure rate. It can cause elevated liver enzymes to but a little less commonly. Depending on your liver tests, have a discussion with your doctor about the risks versus benefits of treating. ...Read more

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I burned my finger and have a dime-size blister. The skin was already damaged from a previous burn. I take Humira, (adalimumab) &worry about infection. Treatment?

I burned my finger and have a dime-size blister. The skin was already damaged from a previous burn. I take Humira, (adalimumab) &worry about infection. Treatment?

Keep an eye on it: You will need to keep an eye on it . If the lesion spreads, fails to heal after 2 weeks, becomes tender and warmth, or exudes pus, call your doctor immediately. Otherwise just be sure to keep the area clean. ...Read more

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What should I do if I have a small finger infection and i can't go to the doc at the moment, any effective ways to clear it up you know?

What should I do if I have a small finger infection and i can't go to the doc at the moment, any effective ways to clear it up you know?

FInger infections: Need 1. To be evaluated by a medical provider after that the treatment options may be, oral or IV antibitiocs, soaks or compresses, splinting or even surgery. The plan needs to be made and modified depending upon hw the intital treament works. Some conditons need emergency surgery immediatley. Finger infections can spread to the hand and the deep structures fast so back to number one.. Get seen. ...Read more

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I have a finger infection how do I make the pain stop?

Treat infection: You need antibiotics and evaluation. Some infections such as a felon require drainage. Infectious tenosynovitis is a medical emergency and requires aggressive antibiotics and surgical drainage. Even paranichial infections around the nail require antibiotics. See your pcp or a hand surgeon. ...Read more